If you only need a tool or piece of equipment infrequently then instead of buying one, save resources by asking a friend or neighbour if you can borrow one. Or check online for a lending club, such as Streetbank.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
If you order coffee when you're out and about carry your own mug to avoid paper waste – we all know this is an easy win, but do we all do it?
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Take time to work out how much you need before making a purchase. If you do this for items such as food and paint you'll avoid paying for quantities that will only go to waste.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Choose rechargeable batteries and a battery charger to cut down on disposables. Eventually recyclable batteries reach the end of their life too but they can be recycled – local recycling policies vary so check with your recycling facility.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Those little fruit and veg labels that supermarkets use can be recycled too. Peel them off and stick them onto a plastic container in the recycling bin.